Brennan to get a promotion?In response to John Brennan's search for 'moderates' in Hezbullah, Michael Ledeen explains the organization's rather simple origins (Hat Tip: Instapundit).
Twenty-five years ago, when I was a purported expert on terrorism, Hezbollah was of considerable interest to our intelligence community, and there was a vigorous debate between those who believed it was a Lebanese phenomenon–the product of local conditions–and those who thought it was a Syrian creation. I posed this question to the infamous Manucher Ghorbanifar–who has been portrayed as a totally unreliable source by CIA–and he just laughed. “Why are you laughing?” say I. “Because Hezbollah is a creation of the Islamic Republic of Iran,” says he. “It’s run out of the prime minister’s office.”Rick Francona wonders why Brennan still has a job.
It is reminiscent of President Obama's earlier proposal to reach out to so-called "moderate elements" of the Taliban (Obama's outreach to the Taliban - a victory for the terrorists) - and just as bright. John Brennan, assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism, proposes that the United States "build up moderate elements" within Hizballah.I asked the same question after he spoke lovingly of al-Quds, and Danielle Pletka opined that he ought to be fired. But instead, Brennan may get a promotion. Although the Washington Times leaves him off the list, Andy McCarthy links to a Weekly Standard piece by Michael Anton that claims that Obama has more confidence in Brennan than he had in outgoing National Intelligence Director Dennis Blair.
Yes, Hizballah, the same Iranian-created and backed Lebanese jihadist militia designated by the U.S. State Department as a foreign terrorist organization, the same Hizballah responsible for the murders of 241 U.S. Marines in Beriut in 1983. The list of Hizballah attacks is long and lethal. Yet, Brennan hopes to "diminish the influence of hard-liners" in the organization. John - they're all hardliners - that's why they are members of Hizballah. You know that, you speak fair Arabic - it is hizb allah - the Party of God.
Why does this guy still have a job? This proposal comes on the heels of Brennan's ridiculous media appearance in which he described our counterterrorism efforts as "we're not lucky, we're good" in the aftermath of the failure of a bomb to detonate in New York City's Times Square.
Maybe Admiral Blair deserved to be fired and maybe he didn’t. Without knowing more, we can’t know for sure. But we can know beyond a shadow of a doubt that a White House that has “more confidence” in John Brennan on the issue of terrorism is a White House that does not understand or take seriously the fight against terrorism.Read the whole thing.
Could Brennan end up as Director of National Intelligence? Suffice it to say that he was a candidate for the job when Obama took office but didn't get it because the Obami were afraid that he supported Bush-style interrogation techniques(!).
What could go wrong?